Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004 (No. 39)
Editor Milt Capps
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Howard Schmidt
Vice President-CISO
Keynote Speaker
Aug. 24, 2004
See details in Spotlight!

NTC Sustaining Sponsor




Venture Innovation Enterprise

Partnership & Recognition



East/West Tenn.& Region

Research & Education


Scheduled Events

NTC-ISSA InfoSec Nashville 2004 now just 14 days away -- early-bird registration ends Friday. Details in Spotlight, below.

VU Deal: Silicon Graphics, player in high-performance computing, storage and advanced data visualization, announced yesterday it's implementating its visualization system at Vanderbilt University, as part of VU's Advanced Computing Center for Research and Education, which provides computing, storage, visualization facilities campus-wide, for College of A&S, VU Med Center and VU School of Engineering. Aug. 10 release.

Nashville's venture-capital community coming out of doldrums, July 27, Tennessean. Venture-capital study ranks TN 6th in U.S. in creation of jobs nationwide by firms originally backed by venture capital, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 6.

Globecot inks deal with Chinese industry for business intelligence on fibers, release Aug. 10.

Country Music Association taps New York's Election Services Corp. to tally CMA Awards balloting, release Aug. 4.

Siliconian VC Steve Jurvetson visits Oak Ridge to study commercialization and simulation of nanotechnologies; says he'd partner with TN vencap firms; raises question of whether or not Tennessee is a good place to build a technology management team for a tech startup, saying risk capital is key. BusinessTN, p. 34-35, Aug. 04. Not on web.

Dialogic Communications of Franklin joins forces with CrimeWeb Network, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 9. Tennessean, 3E, Aug. 10.

Osburn Hessey logistics provides RFID middleman solution for shipping customers who deal with Wal-Mart, July 28, Tennessean.

Tech Roundtable (Sept. 2): Nashville Public Television (PBS WNPT Channel 8) President/CEO Steve Bass will address the Sept. 2 NTC Tech Roundtable discussing the station's new digital-broadcasting capabilities. There are new time and venue: Wildhorse Saloon on 2d Avenue, with networking 4-4:30 p.m., Presentation and Q&A, 4:30-5:30 p.m., followed by wrapup and more networking. Watch your email and the NTC site for registration!

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InfoSec Nashville cybersecurity conference - Tuesday, Aug. 24th!
Early-bird registration is 48 hours from now: Friday, Aug. 13

The NTC-ISSA InfoSec Nashville 2004 information security conference is Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Nashville Convention Center.

Speakers and panelists currently confirmed include Howard Schmidt, eBay; Larry McCoy, Caterpillar; Matt Kestian, Microsoft; Ray Wagner, Gartner; Sean Jackson, Avondale Partners; Tim Williams, Nortel; Paul Connelly, HCA; Greg Workman, WebMD; Chris Ray, HealthSouth. Other panelists, moderators and speakers to be confirmed.

The day's overview is here. The full agenda is here. Some speakers bios have been posted here. CPE credits will be available.

Metal sponsors: Platinum - Nortel Networks; Gold - Blue Coat Systems, iNet Strategy, Secure Computing Corp.; Silver - Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, CipherTrust, Lancope, MENTISoftware Solutions, Praemunio, RSA Security, Systems Solutions Technologies. The Nortel NetworksXpress training facility will also be onsite.

For more information and early-bird registration, find the form right here.

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Nashville Capital Network's program on "Term sheets and term-sheet negotiation" will be Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m., Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt. Confirmed speakers include Townes Duncan, moderator, Solidus Company; Alston Hamilton (Miller & Martin); Matt Burnstein (Waller, Lansden, Dortch, & Davis); David Jones, Chrysalis Ventures. Additional speakers, TBA. No advance registration, no charge.
ProfitPoint and Comdata agree to Comdata minority ownership, release July 27. Comdata subsidiary buys portion of ProfitPoint, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 27. Tennessean, July 27. Sources say Nashville Capital Network assisted ProfitPoint in this process.

Brentwood Capital Advisors in $65 million Promis deal, Tennessean , July 30. Nash. Bus. Journal, July 26., (sub) July 26. Nashville City Paper, July 27, not on web. Release here.

Kaplan Professional grabs insurance-ed provider Insurance Systems of Nashville, Tennessean, Aug. 3. Kaplan sister unit previously acquired Nashville-based Transcender., Aug. 2. Release, Aug. 2.

Kyzen Corp. announced plans to ask SEC for permission to deregister publicly traded stock "on or around" Aug. 12, citing inadequate advantage of public listing, Tennessean, Aug. 5. Release Aug. 4.

(further) The Mouse Pad Tech Center opened in Brentwood, Tennessean Williamson AM, July 23. Mouse Pad tech training schedule announced hereThe Mouse Pad technology learning center in Brentwood may be first of several, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, July 16, not on web., July 15. Tennessean, July 17, scroll here. News release, July 15.
Technology 2020 is no longer accepting apps from VC-seeking companies for Tenn. Valley Venture Forum, Sept. 23-24, Chattanooga, but you should register asap to attend. Details
Harpeth Capital announces Harpeth Valuation Services,, July 30.

iPayment sued on behalf of predecessor's creditors who allege fraud, The City Paper, p. 7, Aug. 10. Tennessean, Aug. 10. iPayment responds to lawsuit, Aug. 6, release.

Cingular Wireless to Bring 140 Jobs to Middle Tennessee, release Aug. 2.

Private Business now PBiz, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 2. Tennessean, Aug. 3. Private Business net income slips, Tennessean, Aug. 5. BW release, Aug. 2.

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Nashville's SmartDM database-marketing firm ranked high after analysis by Forrester Research's WAVE ranking matrix, Aug. 3 release.

Music City Future 50 includes technology entries, Tennessean, Aug. 8. Event background here.
Comdata rolls-out PermitLink for permitting fleets, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 10. Comdata signs deal with eFunds Corp. for ATM access for cardholders, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 29. Comdata customers get eFunds access, Tennessean, Aug. 4. scroll here. Comdata appoints Andrew Park SVP of product services and strategic planning; Scott Wombold, SVP/GM Merchant Services; Brian Truman to national fleet accounts, Green Hills News, p. 18, Aug. 5, not on web.

PureSafety wins environmental, health and safety education role in Montana State Fund contract, July 26 release.

Julie May of Bytes of Knowledge profiled, company gains by cross-selling IT services and more emphasis on training, p. 11, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 30.

Activ Health lands PHD Network contract with National Foundation for Cancer Research, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 6, July 30, not on web. Related background.

Ralph Beard promoted to marketing manager for ISDN-Net. Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 17, July 30, not on web.

TVA goes wireless at 15 facilities, partners with Nextel, Memphis Bus. Journal, Aug. 3.

Blair Myers is vp-sales and marketing for Censis Technologies, Inc., Franklin. Tennessean, July 25, 5E.

Reena Gupta of Avankia tells NTC United Cattle Company LLC hired her firm to develop web applications for cattle tracking and marketplace, and Avankia management in Nashville will oversee development by offshore team in India.

Word Distribution extends deal with Franklin-based Big Idea, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 4.

Southeast Financial Credit Union names John Jacoway CFO/SVP with IT oversight, Tennessean, Aug. 1.

BellSouth in marketing agreement with Direct TV, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 3.

ResortQuest names Scarola of Bearingpoint as new VP-IT, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 2

'Mystery Shoppers' employ technology to fulfill their customer-satisfaction mission, Tennessean, Aug. 1.

BellSouth Foundation grant supports e-club at Martha OBryan Center. Nashville City Paper, July 30.

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U.S. Health & Human Services spokesperson Lori Evans told NTC yesterday that HHS' request for comments on healthcare IT standards should be published in the Federal Register later this month. Related coverage: Government pushing Healthcare IT, Government Computer News, July 21. HHS release on strategic HIT initiative, July 21 here. HHS HIT report at a glance, here.

Electronic insurance-verification industry competition increases, with focus on Nebo, WebMD, Passport; Tennessean, Aug. 3.

St. Thomas outsources some IT infrastructure functions to Computer Science Corp. and local contractor Digital Connections. Meanwhile, VHA study sees hospital IT outsourcing rising, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 5, Aug. 6.

Tennessee patients can determine quality of hospitals' care via online websites, Tennessean, 1D, Aug. 10. In October, Tennessee acute-care hospitals begin making quality-of-care reports to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Tennessean, Aug. 5. Hospitals go "paperless," CNN, Aug. 4.

HealthTrio announces joint marketing agreement with IBM, release Aug. 3. HealthTrio lands Health Plan of San Joaquin, July 27.

(further) Richmond-based Cymed bought Chattanooga's acquisition of Pro-Scribe Medical Documentation Solutions of Chattanooga, Tennessee, release July 14. Times Free Press story, Aug. 3.

HealthStream gets Bon Secours online training business,, Aug. 5. Company launches Learning Center and Competency Compass services. Aug. 6 release here. Healthstream losses narrow further, July 28, Nash. Bus. Journal.

Healthgate reports quarterly financial improvement, July 28, Nash. Bus. Journal.

Automation at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, July 2004, HealthLeaders Magazine.

Case study: Utah multispecialty clinic reaps $8 million-plus return on IT investment, HealthLeaders Magazine, July 2004.

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Link to key in-state government bid-tracking resources, here.

Tennessee cracks-down on untaxed online resellers; eBay trading assistants come under scrutiny; Gordon of Snappy Auctions favors tough regulation of sector, The City Paper, p. 7, Aug. 3. The City Paper, p. 3, Aug. 4.

Federal Reserve shifts check processing from Nashville to Atlanta, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 3. Tennessean, Aug. 3.

State OIR Aug. 6 invitated non-cost proposals prior to presentations that vendors may make during Aug. 23-27 timeframe, for possible future support of Decision Support System supporting reformed TennCare operations, and requiring existing Medicaid-related experience. See RFP 318.65-186.

State RFP 335-08-523 solicits bids by Aug. 30 for simultaneous and delayed audio webcasting of meetings of TN Emergency Communications Board.

Electronic access cards system, RFP 317-05.023, due Aug. 20. State Dept. of Finance & Admin. seeks Visa or Mastercard-branded service to ensure benefits to recipients under child support, unemployment insurance, child adoption assistance and foster-care programs.

State RFP 349-03.404 seeks support of computer-aided dispatch system (CAD), due Aug. 27.

State issues for enhanced Case Management and Activity Tracking System, 337.01-025. Final deadline Sept. 23. See full timeline in RFP.

State department of Safety, RFP for Computer-aided dispatch system, RFP 349.03-404. Proposal deadline Aug. 27.

Metro Nashville seeks Integrated Food Service Technology System for Metro Schools, RFP 04-62, proposals due Aug. 17.

State Regulatory Boards System (RBS) replacement, RFP 317.03-114. Seeks proven application and database proven in similar environment. Deadline Sept. 3.

TN Wildlife Resources Agency seeks technology support for Remote Easy Access Licensing system, RFP 328-01-301, for selling hunting/fishing licenses, certain privileges and licensing of boats. Deadline today.

Federal Funding helps put technology into Chattanooga area community center, Times Free Press, July 27.

Tennessee online revenue surpasses $500 million, July 27 NIC USA release.

States' attorneys general ally to combine file-sharing, Washington Post, Aug. 5.

Web site may raise state's campaign-finance disclosure ranking, Tennessean, B1, Aug. 4.

Urgent review of classified computer operations at Oak Ridge NL Y12 plant may slow operations, Knox. News Sentinel, July 27.

Surveillance and intelligence technologies will track individuals during Olympics, AP via Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 10.

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ClientLogic to lay off 230 workers, Tennessean, 3E, Aug. 11. ClientLogic layoffs mean net 100 job losses, Knox. News Sentinel, July 23.

CIBER Inc. announced Aug. 10 it will implement its Harbor Management and Security (HMS) System, a packaged port security and port management solution, for the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District in Louisiana, the 16th largest U.S. port. Release here. Memphis Bus. Journal story, Aug. 10. Ciber Inc. management in Memphis seeks to preserve business relationships of acquired SCB Computer, Memphis Bus. Journal, Aug. 6.

Technology 2020, a public-private partnership that helps start new companies, has received a $100,000 federal appropriation to help startup companies grow by offering management counseling and financing assistance. During the past five years, Tech 2020 Pres/CEO Tom Rogers says his organization has helped 90 companies that have created 1,100 jobs at an average annual salary of $64,000, or twice the regional average. Knox. News Sentinel coverage here.

Memphis Technology Corridor Association seeks best use of land for development, Commercial Appeal, Aug. 11.
PFSweb's Memphis distribution facility to provide supply-chain support for Brillian Corp. shipments, release Aug. 11.

MC(2)'s BidFax in Memphis is bought by construction software provider iSqFt of Cincinnati, release Aug. 11.

CareScience gets Tri-Cities care management and clinical data-sharing contract, release Aug. 11.

Peabody Hotel Group First to Standardize on Hotel Information Systems' epitome Enterprise, release Aug. 4.

Chattanooga positions to attract tech companies as the 'Boulder, Colorado, of the East', Times Free Press, July 25.

TVA selects Nextel for 10-year Wireless service agreement, Aug. 3, Nextel release here.

Heat followed offshoring: TVA moves to end IT contract with New York-based Access Systems that outsourced work to India, and turns to India-owned firm (Pinnacle) in Houston for help, Knox. News Sentinel, Aug. 5.

American Merchant Data Service, Memphis, announced Aug. 9 they'd struck a new partnership that expands their business base, but President Bert Adcock told NTC yesterday he can't release partner's identity til end of month. Release here.

NuMarkets' board member boasts that eBay consignment service's software is franchisor's current competitive advantage, as players proliferate, BusinessTN, p. 13, Aug. 04, not on web.

Johnson City CPA decides a digital-broadcasting venture is the thing for him, Knox. News Sentinel, July 29.

Athena-Learning Professionals expands Memphis presence, Memphis Bus. Journal, July 19. Arrangement with community college leverages National IT training program.

Healthgate Data Corp. sees quarterly financial improvement, Nash. Bus. Journal, July 29.

IPIX Corp. has formed an alliance with Interchange Corp., which provides paid search services to more than 200 Web sites and search engines. Commercial Appeal, July 23.

EBus took over Chattanooga Advanced Vehicle Systems facility and may eventually make hybrid electric buses there, Times Free Press, Aug. 8.

A trip to California by Mayor Corker and a Federal grant help spur Ion America energy technologies investment in Chattanooga, July 23, Times Free Press.

IPIX announces $3 million order from its UK Distributor, release July 26.

FedEx acquires ParcelDirect for $120 million, Aug. 9 FedEx release. Bloomberg via The City Paper, p. 9, Aug. 10, not on web. Tennessean, Aug. 10, 2E, not on web. Commercial Appeal, Aug. 10.

Valocity appraisers linked electronically with XML advantages, Commercial Appeal, Aug. 9. Related release, July 21.

Memphis resident urges converting mid-south fairgrounds to Technology enclave for corporations, Letter, Commercial Appeal, Aug. 5.

Oak Ridge NL is helping economic development in North Carolina, Aug. 3, Knox. News Sentinel.

Chattanooga Technology Resources link to Chattanooga Engineers page, here.

To gain manufacturing flexibility, General Motors will spend $400-500 million to retool and add technology at Spring Hill assembly facility, Tennessean, Aug. 4.

Knoxville-based Eonstreams placed 8th in ranking of Internet radio sites, July 19, Knox. News Sentinel,

Williamson County Schools launches new website, Tennessean, Aug. 2.

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TN Board of Regents names Thomas Danford as first CIO, Tennessean, Aug. 6.

DigiScript CKO McCormack: 'Blended learning' combines e-learning with face-to-face instruction, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 21, Aug. 6.

On-demand IT education is one advantage asserted by Belmont University's Technology Learning Cooperative. See details on their new website, here.

Tullahoma students radio questions to international space stations, Tennessean, 1A, Aug. 11.
UT Chattanooga appoints Dr. Ronald Bailey of Fla. Insti. of Tech. as UTC engineering dean, Aug. 10, Times Free Press.

Tech training may suffer in TN as scholarship criteria shift and tuitions rise, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 6, p. 19.

Visitors study Oak Ridge NL computing initiatives, Aug. 4, Knox News Sentinel.

Chancery-supported email system set to kickoff in Metro Schools, The City Paper, Aug. 3.

Enrollment in computer science programs dropped 23 percent from 2002 to 2003, but U.S. Labor projects jobs for software engineers will grow 46% 2002-12. Commercial Appeal, a mention July 21. The facts: BLS Stats on S/W Engr demand here. BLS on related fields here.'s career advice here. High-ed and computer careers here. Related NSF reports here.

Greenspan tells Senate Banking Committee that U.S. educational system is not adequately preparing skilled workers, Commercial Appeal, July 21.

National attention: Utah's Northface University aims to graduate "legions of software developers," AP via Times Free Press, Aug. 8. Related IBM release, July 20. Computer Science School breaks with tradition for software training, CNN, Aug. 5.
Continuing education a must in era of offshoring of exportable jobs, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 23, Aug. 6.
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Latest update on NEW NTC Members is here (Aug. 10). Previous report, June 17 here.

Six Sigma process finds following at Caterpillar and in manufacturing, Nash. Bus. Journal, Aug. 6.

Report on Nanotechnology presentation by Dr. David Pond, managing director, Nanocenter, Univ. of So. Carolina, Aug. 2, during Northeast Tenn. Technology Council event, report here.

Oasis-supported tech committee drives to ensure interoperability among healthcare IT standards, release here.

E-commerce sites push for greater "stickiness" as consumer expectations and broadband access suggest need for more text, more video to engage visitors, NY Times, Aug. 9.

Whyline can help answer questions, thanks to NSF funding, CNN, July 27.

Blogging for commercial purposes seen as new tool for growing businesses, CNN, July 29.

Nashville-based Logic Media Group relaunches PRsource news service, providing ad hoc news-release services, Nash. Bus. Journal, p. 8, Aug. 6. Not on web.

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For frequent updates, check the NTC home page and the NTC "Tech Links" page, found here. Check business calendars of The Tennessean; The City Paper ; and Nashville Business Journal. And, visit Tennessee's technology councils' sites:
(Aug. 12) AITP Nashville - IT at Direct General Corporation, Suzanne Lattimore, CIO, Sheraton Music City, 5:30 p.m., details here.
(Aug. 18) Chattanooga Tech Council luncheon, details (423) 755-7481.

* (Aug. 19) Infragard Middle Tennessee chapter has Adriaan Valk of FBI and Bryant Tow of InfraGard and Unisys, discussing Infragard initiatives. 4th floor, Massey Bldg., Belmont University. Program begins 2 p.m., details here.

(Aug. 24) 3rd Annual Nashville Technology Council - ISSA "Information Security Conference," Nashville Convention Center. Details in Spotlight above.

* (Aug. 26) Chattanooga Technology Council entrepreneurs breakfast, 7:30 a.m., for details call (423) 755-7481 or write
* (Aug. 31) NE TN Tech. Council meets, 4 p.m., Saratoga Technologies sponsors event offices in Med Tech Park, Johnson City. Details visit
(Sept. 2) NTC Tech Roundtable, Steve Bass, Pres./CEO, Nashville Public Television, new time and venue, see Upfront section, above. Presentation re: datacasting and the digital era.

* (Sept. 9) AITP Nashville Chapter meeting, Sheraton Nashville, details here.
(Sept. 14) Nashville Capital Network's program on "Term sheets and term-sheet negotiation" will be Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m., Averbuch Auditorium, Owen GSM, Vanderbilt. See Upfront above.
* (Sept. 14) Jim Phillips, Chairman/CEO, FedEx Institute of Technology addresses Chattanooga Chamber annual meeting. Details here.
* (Sept. 14-16) Conference: Detector/Sensor Research and Technology for Homeland and National Security: Chemical, Biological, Nuclear and Radiological Weapons, and Toxic Industrial Chemicals, River Terrace Resort, Gatlinburg. Hosted by Chemical Sciences Division and National Security Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Details here.
(Sept. 23-24) 8th Annual Tenn. Venture Forum - hosts: Tech2020, City of Chattanooga.

(Sept. 24) Annual Economic Outlook Conference, sponsored by the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee University. Details not yet available.

(Sept. 28-30) 2004 Governor's Economic-Development Conference, Nashville Convention Center.

(Sept. 28) Music City Future 50 recognition at Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Nominations open in June for this annual recognition, with nominations deadline of July 2. Event site, criteria here.

* (Sept. 29) Healthcare IT: Local chapters of HiMSS and HIMA will, in conjunction with the annual meeting of Tennessee Hospital Association, conduct program with emphasis on emerging technologies. Keynote speaker for the HiMSS/THIMA one-day event will be Pam Arlotto, managing director, Maestro. She's responsible for Maestro strategy and is a former HiMSS national chair. The day will also feature a healthcare CIO panel, including CIOs from Lifepoint Health, Baptist/St. Thomas (Ascension), Maury Regional Hosp., and Community Health Systems. The luncheon will be a joint luncheon tied to the THA program.

(Sept. 30) Tennessee Valley Conference on the Science and Business of Nanotechnology, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Speakers and panelists will address science/research overview, applications, and business and investment issues. Details forthcoming. This program is a cooperative effort of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt School of Engineering, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and Nashville Technology Council. Venue: Caterpillar Financial Center.

(Oct. 4) NTC Tech Roundtable - Mike Dunne, President, Quanta Nashville.

(Oct. 5-7) Memphis Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference, Memphis Biotech. Fdn, here.

(Oct. 14-16) AITP Region 7 STUCON student IT professionals event, details here.
(Oct. 22) NE TN Tech Council TechStar Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., MeadowView Conf. Ctr. Program with Anne Pope, Alex Fischer, Eric Cromwell, others. Info: or calling 423.279.9000
(Nov. 4) NTC Tech Roundtable, representatives of ConduIT Corporation and Digiscript discuss eDoc4U.

* (Nov. 4) Bioimaging conference, Memphis. Details here.
(Dec. 1-3) Tennessee Education Technology Conference, link here.
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